Why study Data Analytics at St. Thomas?
Data analytics is the practice of using data to drive strategy and decision-making. Data analysts use cutting-edge statistical and technological tools to discover trends and predict outcomes in nearly every realm of our contemporary lives. This ranges from education to climate change, to insurance all the way to recreation.
We lay the foundation for success with your core major classes in computer science, statistics and communication. From there, you dive into your domain classes, which serve as areas of application for data analytics. This will provide you with the relevant context you need to understand and articulate meaningful questions within your area of expertise.
Learn more about how you can start solving the problems of tomorrow here.
Career Paths and Scholarships
Data analytics is a versatile major allowing you to pick a domain matching your personal and professionals goals. We have compiled a list of potential career paths based on our current domain offerings within the major.
In addition, incoming students may qualify for a competitive scholarship opportunities for students intending to major in the sciences, mathematics or engineering.
A degree in data analytics allows you to pursue a number of careers after graduating from the University of St. Thomas. The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics predicts careers involving data analytics will grow 19% between 2016 and 2026. Here are a few paths for you to consider:
Finance - As a financial analyst, you study transaction data to look for fraud and other security breaches, while also monitoring investment portfolios and altering them to compensate for increased risk and unexpected price changes.
Government - Governments collect a lot of data about us, but they can use it to better serve us. For example, the government can use data to pre-fill a tax form for a citizen. You can also use your data analytics skills to study citizen satisfaction levels by monitoring social networking sites.
Healthcare - A person in this type of role can use data from drug trials for evidence-based drug therapy, ultimately estimating the cost effectiveness of new drugs potentially scheduled to hit the market.
Politics - You can gather public sentiment data to measure how people are feeling about a certain candidate, ultimately driving the marketing strategy behind that person.
Science - You can collect data from an on-site experiment, then ship it off to another lab to be analyzed. Scientists work with large amounts of data on a daily basis, so a data analytics degree allows you to effectively understand and communicate important conclusions from those particiular datasets.
Social networking - You will study comments, pictures and videos from various social networking sites, sorting the data and studying users to provide more targeted advertisements and suggestions for them based on their interests.
Telecommunications - Based on a person's phone use, you can use the data to tailor suggestions based on their location and other variables.
Upon acceptance to the University of St. Thomas, you will be considered for an academic scholarship called the St. Thomas Scholarship and Award. We recommend connecting with the Office of Admissions and Office of Financial Aid to learn more about the different scholarship opportunities for incoming students.
Qualified students interested in majoring in data analytics may be eligible to apply for the Science, Mathematics and Engineering Scholarship as well. Important application information and candidate qualifications can be found here.
To learn more, please visit stthomas.edu/scholarships.